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Manual Ice Crushers
jingleheimerschmidt
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Posted: 2009-04-13 11:46 am   Permalink

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On 2009-04-13 11:40, Carpathia wrote:
Is there a difference between an ice crusher and an ice shaver?



Shave ice is a lot finer (think sno-cones). The old ice shavers worked like a hand plane on a big block of ice. I hope that helps.


 
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Sparkle Mark
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From: Porter Ranch, CA
Posted: 2009-04-13 8:44 pm   Permalink

I know it's not manual or very pretty BUT, man does it crush ice.
I usually crush up a batch and store it in an ice bucket at the bar and I'm set for crushed ice.
If I want slightly finer crushed ice I send it through twice.

Plus, I got it for a bargain at Bevmo since someone had thrown away the box and it was the last one. (60% off)
Not flimsy in the least, and almost 1 year of service so far.
I can't say that for ANY of my citrus juicers yet, but my vintage Proctor Silex "Juice-It" is getting close.

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Tikiwahine
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Posted: 2009-04-13 9:39 pm   Permalink

I love the idea of the above electric crusher.

When my fridge crusher isn't hooked up(like right now while we're doing renos) I use this fabulous vintage looking Ice-O-Mat by Metrokane. It was a wedding gift, and I'm very happy with it.



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uncle trav
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Posted: 2009-04-14 04:44 am   Permalink

I went with a vintage wall mount SWING-A-WAY crusher. Three bucks at the thrift store and couldn't be happier. Flip the chrome lid fill with ice and turn the crank one way for course crush or the other for finer crush. Crushed ice falls into the removable plastic cup on the bottom and just dump into your glass or shaker. If you are having a ton of people over you may want something bigger but for everyday use this is perfect. I have used this one for four years and have crushed tons of ice and have never had a problem. Super easy to use and clean and looks great as well.




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sputnikmoss
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Posted: 2009-04-14 10:09 am   Permalink

Uncle Trav I have the same on in my kitchen..but it's the Sears version "Maid-of-Honor" I love it!


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Finleyville
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Posted: 2009-09-09 6:35 pm   Permalink

Hey Sparkle Mart,

Who makes that electric crusher? I am looking for an electric one too and may be going with this Deni Automatic one.



Has any one used a Deni crusher? If so, how small were the ice parts? I do not want them too small.
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Coco Joe
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Posted: 2009-09-09 7:18 pm   Permalink

thought I should share mine



 
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aloha.taboo
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Posted: 2009-09-09 7:40 pm   Permalink

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On 2009-09-09 18:35, Finleyville wrote:

Has any one used a Deni crusher? If so, how small were the ice parts? I do not want them too small.



I've been using one for the last couple of months and haven't had any problems. I would say the ice is somewhere between crushed and shaved.


 
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Rum Balls
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Posted: 2009-09-10 06:46 am   Permalink

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Has any one used a Deni crusher? If so, how small were the ice parts? I do not want them too small.



I have a Deni and give it a "meh" rating. It does a fine job crushing ice, but it takes a while to crush a cup's worth (and that's using cocktail ice, not solid ice cubes). The ice comes out about pea gravel-sized...much closer to shaved ice than to the crushed ice you get at a bar.

For me, using the old hand-cranked Swing-O-Matic is quicker and gives me better crushed ice. I do use the Deni to make ice for ice molds.
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The Mayor Of Exotica
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Posted: 2009-09-10 07:13 am   Permalink

I'll second that Waring Pro crusher. It's awesome! I actually have an Oster Snowflake, myself, which I like a lot. It's smaller, but noisier, but it's vintage. If you can find one of them, go for it!

 
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Finleyville
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Posted: 2009-09-16 09:01 am   Permalink

What sized crushed ice does the Waring Pro make? I am looking for crushed ice the size of 1/2 to 1/3 of a normal cube. Sort of the size if you would use a hammer on each cube. (That is what I am using right now. lol) Which manual would give that size?

 
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Shaun of theTiki
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Posted: 2009-09-16 09:48 am   Permalink

I tend to crush ice the truly "manual" way: Place the ice in a zip-lock bag and smash the ice with the back of a large metal spoon on a concrete ground. That technique can give you a cup of crushed ice in less than a minute.

 
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Klas
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Posted: 2009-09-16 11:39 am   Permalink

I use one called Groggy from IKEA. Inexpensive, looks pretty cool and does a good job. Quite noisy though.


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GatorRob
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Posted: 2009-09-16 4:02 pm   Permalink

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On 2009-09-10 07:13, The Mayor Of Exotica wrote:
I'll second that Waring Pro crusher. It's awesome! I actually have an Oster Snowflake, myself, which I like a lot. It's smaller, but noisier, but it's vintage. If you can find one of them, go for it!


Tim,

I have both the Waring and the vintage Oster. The Waring unfortunately just died after just over a year of use. It seems fixable to me, but it would probably cost as much to fix it as buy a new one. I was very happy with it until it just refused to crush ice anymore. Beware of internal plastic parts!

The Oster continues to do its thing, but it does get clogged often and needs some encouragement (by way of a knife to the stuck ice) to get the job done.


 
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toofastjim
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Posted: 2010-04-11 8:16 pm   Permalink

I just picked up the Waring Pro mentioned earlier (matches the WP blender) - this thing is great - easisly shaves 4 minutes off drink prepatation. I still have my manual one (mentioned earlier in the thread), but this is will be the go-to crusher till further notice. Plus, the snooty cooking store in the mall (mentioned in my earlier post) had it @ 20% off for clearance, so I got it for under $60. For multiple drinks (and/or drinkers), this will be a dependable time-saver.





 
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